Wednesday, Jan. 11

Billy Elliot the Musical,” after a failed attempt at boxing, a boy follows his dream of becoming a dancer. Various times and dates through Jan. 15, Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $25-$150. 202-467-4600. 800-444-1324.

Building a Vocal Community: Finding Your Voice, an evening of community singing, led by Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell. 7 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Free, registration required. 202-547-6839.

Capitals, vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins. 7:30 p.m., Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. $92-$205.

Antone “Chooky” Caldwell, 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $20. 202-337-4141.

Thursday, Jan. 12

Senior MLK tribute, featuring poems, short skits and singing. Light refreshments served. 10 a.m.-noon, Langley Park Senior Activity Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Hyattsville. Free, sign up in advance to participate. 301-408-4343.

Archival research program, in “Finding Opportunities: The Negro Division of the National Youth Administration During the Great Depression,” archivist Jametta Davis discusses the work of the National Youth Administration and Mary McLeod Bethune to assist black youth with skills and employment during the 1930s. 10:45 a.m., National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Rd., College Park. Free; driver's license or other photo ID required for admission. 202-357-5000.

Jodi Kantor, the New York Times’s Washington correspondent discusses her new book, “The Obamas,” in conversation with fellow Times columnist David Brooks in an event co-sponsored by Politics and Prose Bookstore. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door or two free with purchase of the book at Politics and Prose. Call 202-364-1919 or visit for details. 7 p.m., Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $8 - $10. 202-408-3100 or

April Sampe, 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $25. 202-337-4141.

Friday, Jan. 13

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring Dr. King’s speeches, “The Great March to Freedom” and “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” and Robert F. Kennedy’s eulogy. 10-11:30 a.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free; register by this Thursday. 703-228-4403.

“The Color of Justice,” for students in grades 3-9, follow the case of Brown vs. the Board of Education in which the “separate but equal” doctrine of school segregation was challenged. 10:15 a.m. and noon, Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $6. 301- 277-1711.

Martin Luther King, Jr. program, reminisce about Dr. King and his march. 10:30 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free, registration required. 703-228-6300.

Food Meets Art: Recipes Inspired by Alice B. Toklas,” D.C. Restaurant Week (Jan. 9-15) is underway, but why settle for a string of hurried, set-menu sit-downs when you could have one truly exceptional dining experience? James Beard Award nominee Carole Wagner Greenwood’s Orange Arrow is one of D.C.’s most sought-after supper clubs, and her three-course homage to “The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook” — the tome that fed guests of Gertrude Stein’s Rue de Fleurus salon during the Parisian avant-garde — promises to be a one-of-a-kind culinary journey. 7 p.m., Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $150. 703-875-1100 or

Anacostia Community Museum’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Program, The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum hosts an event with remarks by Harry E. Johnson, Sr., the president and CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation. The evening also includes a step performance by the Omicron Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. 7 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free, reservations suggested. 202-633-4875 or

Tango Practica, Jake and Danarae Stevens teach an all-levels tango class. 7 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-547-6839.

“Darius the Dragon and Rap-Punzel,” for age 4 and older, performance by Encore Stage & Studio about what happens when the tale of a dragon is paired with the story of an imprisoned princess. 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 15, Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $12; seniors, students and children, $10. 703-548-1154 or

“Reaching for Peace” Shabbat Ruach, in honor of the life’s work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Choir and band performances join together to share in the Jewish Shabbat celebration. Open to all. 7:30 p.m., Temple Shalom, 8401 Grubb Rd., Chevy Chase. Admission, free. Contact Susan Zemsky at 301-587-2273 or

Battle for Brooklyn,” the acclaimed documentary tells the story of the Atlantic Yards project—Bruce Ratner’s billion-dollar plan for a massive Brooklyn development including 8 million square feet of new apartments, offices and stores, centered on a basketball arena for the New York Nets. 8 p.m. Friday, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday, Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $7. 703-875-1100.

Cheikh Ndoye and Friends, the bass player performs with Frederic Yonnet, Karen Briggs and more. 8 and 10 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $35. 202-337-4141.

Bootsy Collins, the well-know funk bassist performs. 9 p.m. The State Theater, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. $40. 703-237-0300.

Benito Gonzalez Quartet, with Azar Lawrence, Ammen Saleem and Lee Pearson. 9 and 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. $15. 202-234-0072.

Saturday, Jan. 14

“Battle of the Beltway” Basketball Tournament, watch the Prince George’s Community College Owls take on the Montgomery College Rockville Knights. Women play at 12:30 p.m. and men begin at 2:30 p.m. Stay and watch the Wizards vs. Kings game. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. $32-$175. 202-628-3200 or 301-322-0513 or

Murals by Kids for Kids, for ages 5-18, help paint a mural and draw pictures that will be sent to an AIDS orphanage in Mumbai. The event is part of the CHAW’s 40th anniversary celebration, featuring 40 free events in 40 days. 10 a.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Free, registration requested. 202-547-6839 or

King Day of Service, make your own “I Have a Dream” catcher and participate in the “Valentines for Veterans” service project in recognition of Dr. King’s commitment to service. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, National Children’s Museum Launch Zone, 112 Waterfront St., National Harbor. Admission, free. 301-686-0225.

MLK Days, help create a peace wheel. Artists Brynda Ambush Harrison and Slim Harrison also play peace songs from around the world on a variety of instruments. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Monday, Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. Adults $3, seniors $2, students free. 410-326-4640.

African American “Read-In,” meet authors and enjoy family reading time in celebration of MLK Day. 12:30 p.m., Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. Free. 301-839-2400.

MLK Community Discussion, a lively discussion based on one of Dr. King’s quotes. 1 p.m., Hyattsville Library, 6532 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-985-4690.

“The Associated Press and the Dawn of Radio News,” Ken Mellgren, former museum president, leads a presentation on how the Associate Press made the controversial move to also provide news services on radio station. Q&A follows. 2 p.m., Radio and Television Museum, 2608 Mitchellville Rd., Bowie. Free. Ken Mellgren at 301-929-1062 or

Remembering Dr. King, celebrate the civil rights leader with musical selections by a local choir; guest speaker; light refreshments served. 2 p.m., Largo Kettering Library, 9601 Capital Lane, Largo. Free. 301-336-4044.

Film: “End of the Rainbow,” an in-depth look at the impact of global extractive industries on African populations and their economy, traditions and environment. Watch the dismantling of a massive gold mining operation in Borneo and then follows its reconstruction in northeastern. See the affects on a village near where the gold mine was rebuilt after the mining company negotiated a secret royalty arrangement with a local government noted for its corruption. Screening followed by discussion and gallery walk. 4:30 p.m., Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. Free, registration requested. 703-746-4356 or

Musical Salute to Dr. Martin Luther King, by the Reston Community Orchestra, the Heritage Signature Chorale and song stylist Beverly Cosham, featuring works by African American composers. 6 p.m., Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd. Free, donations are appreciated. 571-449-7095 or

JB Smoove, 7 p.m., 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $35. Tickets, 877-435-9849; information, 202-265-0930.

Wizards, vs. the Philadelphia 76ers. 7 p.m., Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200 or

“Ragganga” Concert, Belo performs a mixture of jazz, world beat, rock, reggae and Afro-Haitian. 8 p.m., Artisphere, Ballroom, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $20. 703-875-1100 or

Dance Place Recital, the KanKouran West African Dance Company performs in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.. 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $22; seniors and students, $17; 17 and younger, $8. 202-269-1600.

DCypher Dance, 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, Joy of Motion Dance Center, Jack Guidone Theater, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $12-$20. 202-362-3042.

Comedy: George Lopez, 8 p.m., DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. $58. Tickets, 202-397-7328; information, 202-628-4780.

Sunday, Jan. 15

9th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, Ed Jackson, executive architect of the new Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, speaks about the events leading up to the dedication of the memorial. Also includes performances by the Richmond Boys Choir and Taritibu, an African dance group. 3 p.m., McLean Community Center, Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. $5, $3 for age 10 and younger. 703-790-0123 or

Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Wilmer Leon, Larry Bland and the Volunteer Choir, dance by Urban Artistry, storytelling. 7-9 p.m., Washington-Lee High School, 1301 N. Stafford St., Arlington. Bring non-perishable items for Arlington Food Assistance Center. 703-228-3329 or

Who Holds The Mike Comedy Tour, featuring Ms. Darkchild, Tirese Topp Fliight Rhone, Nate the Landlord, Craig McLaren and Tommy Too Smoov. 7 p.m., Riot Act Comedy Club, 801 E St. NW. $20. 202-697-4900.

Monday, Jan. 16

St. Mary's MLK Prayer Breakfast, celebrate the life and works of Dr. King with breakfast, performances from local choirs and keynote address by Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esquire, national chair of the National Congress of Black Women. Breakfast service opens at 6 a.m.; event begins at 8 a.m. St. Mary's College, Campus Center Great Room, off Route 5, St. Mary's City. Breakfast: $8.50; Program is free. 240-895-4388 or,

Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration, park in the lot and take the shuttle bus to Southgate Community Center where the march will begin at 9:30 a.m. and return to the Reston Community Center. From 10 a.m.-noon, participate in community service projects. Children will rotate through a series of activities including games, storytelling/performance, and arts and crafts. All activities will be based on the history of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement. From 12:30-2 p.m., hear a keynote address by Nnenna Freelon, a community lunch and a reception with art by Reston Elementary Schools. 8:15-9:15 a.m., Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd. 703-476-4500.

UNCF Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Breakfast, the 29th annual celebration will feature an award ceremony and keynote address by Professor Perezi K. Kamunanwire, Ambassador to the United States from the Republic of Uganda. 8:30 a.m., Martin’s Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Dr., Greenbelt. $50, reservations required. Contact Sharon Goodman at 703-205-3504 or

MLK Day of Service, help repair the home of a 77-year-old DC resident. Meet at 9 a.m. or noon to travel via bus to the work site. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $25 for a half-day of service. 202-408-3100

Community Health and Wellness Events,  free health screens, consultations, fitness activities and more. Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Colmar Manor Community Center, 3701 Lawrence St., Colmar Manor and ACCA Child Development Center. 7200 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Free.

“The Dream Is Real: Make It Your Reality,”a celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. participants will march from the Loudoun County Courthouse on King Street to the Douglass Community Center on Market Street, where there will be a presentation by James Hackley. 10:30 a.m. 540-338-4640.

Arlington Bell Ringing, celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by ringing a vintage Pennsylvania church bell, sponsored by the Bluemont Civic Association. Noon, Constitution Bicentennial Gardens, North George Mason Drive and Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. Free. 703-525-3786.

Dr. Martin L. King Jr., Oratory Competition, students in grades 5th-college compete for cash prizes. Sponsored by the SPEAK! MD Oratory League. 1 p.m., Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $10; age 17 and under, $5. 1-877-SPEAK30, or

Wizards, vs. the Houston Rockets. 2 p.m., Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200 or

“Let Freedom Ring,” a musical tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. by Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin and the Let Freedom Ring Choir; Clarence Jones, former King attorney and speechwriter will receive the 10th annual John Thompson Legacy of a Dream Award. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Free tickets distributed, two per person, to those in line in the Hall of Nations starting a 5 p.m. Monday. 202-467-4600.

Tony Roberts, 7 and 9 p.m., Riot Act Comedy Club, 801 E St. NW. $20. 202-697-4900.

Go Go: Lissen Band, 8 p.m. Mondays, Takoma Station, 6914 Fourth St. NW. 202-829-1999.

Tuesday, Jan. 17

The Stone of Hope Luncheon, for ages 60 and older, pay tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with live entertainment, food and special guests. Noon-3 p.m. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. $8; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $10. Reservations required. 301-203-6040.

“The Bison Beast of Dubois,” First Draft at Charter Theater presents a reading of Mario Baldessari’s comedy about small town prejudices. 7:30 p.m., Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282 or

Mariinsky Ballet: Les Saisons Russes, The Ballet returns with Les Saisons Russes (“The Russian Seasons”), with three works by Michel Fokine: Chopiniana, Scheherazade, and The Firebird. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through Jan. 22, Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $29-$150. 202-467-4600.

Wednesday, Jan. 18

Wizards, vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder. 7 p.m., Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200 or

“Trippin’ On E!,” Featuring Eddie Bryant, Lamont King, Ray Lipowski and Reesa Renee. 7:30 p.m., Riot Act Comedy Club, 801 E St. NW. $20. 202-697-4900.

Rez Abassi, 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $20. 202-337-4141.

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